Winter catfishing has been exceptionally good. Personal best after personal best have been logged by anglers all over the country. In one case a state record weight flathead was caught through the ice but not certified because the angler chose to CPR.
Kudos to Christopher Bauman for making the choice on the side of conservation and trophy catfish for the future. As more and more anglers like Bauman demonstrate their willingness to inform and teach others the importance of letting those big fish go the better our future catfishing will be. Hopefully we can all do out part to educate those who have not yet grasped the importance of selective harvest and CPR.
The month of March begins an increasing schedule of catfish tournaments. By the time this issue is published the Fishlife National Championship of Catfishing will have taken place on Wheeler Lake.
The Santee Cooper Monster Cat Quest is scheduled for a Friday and Saturday in mid-March. I always expect big fish to come from that location.
March will also see the inaugural King of the James take place in Virginia and the first Bluegrass Catfish Bash in Kentucky.
When April rolls around the Chick Fight will take place on Wheeler Lake. This first ever all women catfish tournament is sure to be a boost for catfishing in general. We will have a report in the May issue of Catfish Now.
This month’s issue is focused on the tournament trail. Those who are involved with tournaments know of the many trials and tribulations that go along with planning, conducting, or fishing in tournaments. The stories in this issue of CatfishNow will highlight some tales of the trail.
There are millions of stories to tell and we can only scratch the surface, but over time we can tell a lot of them. If you know of a story that needs to be told we would love to hear from you.
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Fish with passion,
Ron Presley, Editor